Monday, November 17, 2014


Presidents Obama and Xi. More images here and here.

1. Quiz: Match the Obscure Character to the Disney Movie Pt. 1 (posted November 8) 15 out of 15. I am the master of obscure Disney trivia.

2. What is China's Singles' Day? (posted November 11) Yep. I've been seeing ads everywhere for Singles' Day sales.

3. Flashback Friday: You’ve Never Seen “Circle of Life” Performed Like This (posted September 26) The cast of the "Lion King" musical sings on a plane and it's fantastic.

4. ‘God hates shrimp’: Picking and choosing among abominations (posted November 10) "Whatever bits we like are deemed unchangeable moral laws while the bits we don’t like are deemed 'ceremonial' irrelevancies. Rules about my money and my property become optional. Rules about your genitals and your sexuality do not."

5. I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong. (posted November 6) "8. If you must wear a T-shirt to an outdoor play event or on a public street, it should have the name of a respected and recognizable school emblazoned on its front."

6. Amnesty International: Ferguson police committed human rights abuses during Michael Brown protests (posted October 24) "According to international standards, the report said, use of force should be proportionate to the threat encountered, meaning it is only justified to kill when the objective is to save life."

7. Where I’m actually coming from as a progressive evangelical (posted October 21) "Basically, I’ve grown wary of any theology which produces a white suburban megachurch as its grand vision of the kingdom of God. Paranoia and hysteria about the wickedness of 'the world' becomes an excellent self-justification for middle-upper class white people to circle the wagons and create a gated community where they can 'focus on the family.'"

8. This post from Dianna Anderson's "Ask Away Wednesday." (posted November 12) "The condition is psychosomatic, largely created by fear of trauma - in other words, purity culture was so insidious in these women’s lives that it made it nearly impossible for them to have sex without intensive therapy."

9. And this just cracks me up because it looks like Whoopi Goldberg is taking a mission-trip photo in a community of impoverished ballerinas:

Image source.

10. How to find the time and motivation to read more Chinese (posted November 14) I need to do more of this.

11. When cis-het men play God: evangelical transphobia and the idolatry of gender (posted October 16) "Non-transgender people who try to explain transgender identity are playing God, plain and simple."

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